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Food Facts A-to-Z – ‘D’ for Dates

Do you love food, all kinds of food?   Have you ever wanted to learn more about food?

I know I can answer yes to both those questions, so let’s combine them together and talk food in general and do it by going from A-to-Z.

‘D’ for today and that means ‘Dates’.

While ‘dates’ may not be that popular here in the United States, ‘dates’ have been a staple food for those in the Middle East for thousands of years.

The fruit we call ‘dates’ comes from the date palm, a plant which is found in generous numbers throughout the Middle East.

‘Dates’ can be eaten out-of-hand or may be pitted and then stuffed with fillings.  The stuffed ‘dates’ are called ‘stoned dates’.

Many times, partially dried and pitted ‘dates’ may be glazed with some type of syrup for a sweet but healthy snack.  ‘Dates’ are also very common in the Middle East when chopped up and used in a wide range of sweet and savory dishes.

Health wise ‘dates’ provide a solid range of essential nutrients, including a large source of potassium.  While the sugar content of ripe ‘dates’ may reach 80%, the remainder will have protein and fiber with traces of boron, cobalt, copper, fluorine, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc.

The popularity in the Middle East is the reason why we say the ‘D’ in our “Foods A-to-Z” is ‘dates’.

With that we bid you well until another day when we look through foods from A-to-Z.

As always – prayers, blessings and happy eating, Papa Bill

(Copyright@2017, CrossDove Writer)

(Images used cleared for use by bing.com and/or images.google.com)

(Information gathered for this article come from CrossDove Writer’s & Papa Bill’s collections of cookbooks and recipes.)

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